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Student Handbook: University Section

Volunteer Center

Established in 1988, the Pepperdine Volunteer Center (PVC) supports and promotes the university's commitment to service. Its commission is to provide every member of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni) with opportunities for service.

Our first and largest effort each year is Step Forward Day, a Saturday of community service projects. Each September over 1300 students, staff, faculty, and alumni provide service to over 60 community agencies. In addition to Step Forward Day, the Volunteer Center offers 10-15 on-going volunteer programs as well as special one-day events each month. This coming year's programs will include the following: Habitat for Humanity, building homes for low-income families; Language Connection, teaching English as a Second Language to immigrant adults; Children's Nature Institute, providing environmental education for kids and families in downtown Los Angeles; Camp Kilpatrick and Camp David Gonzoles, mentoring teen boys in two juvenile detention facilities; School On Wheels, tutoring children living in shelters; Jumpstart, a program that pairs college students with pre-school children struggling in early learning programs for one-to-one tutoring in school readiness skills, and many others.

With our database of over 200 community service organizations, we are able to offer a myriad of service opportunities. For more information or to get involved, please go to our website http://www.pepperdine.edu/volunteercenter or contact the PVC at (310) 506-4143.